President Muhammadu Buhari has given a fresh challenge to the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) and the Airforce Institute of Technology (AFIT) Kaduna to complete work on the ongoing manufacturing of the first Nigerian-made Helicopter before the end of his administration.
The Executive Vice Chairman/Chief Executive of Engr. Prof. Mohammed Sani Haruna disclosed this at AFIT Kaduna when he led a team of NASENI Staff on a visit to the site of NASENI’s new Aeronautics and Air Vehicle Development Institute(AAVDI) located in AFIT which houses the Made in Nigeria Helicopter project.
According to Prof Haruna, President Buhari looked forward to a formal launch of the Helicopter before May 29 2023 which marks the end of the present administration.
The NASENI Executive Vice Chairman during a meeting with the newly appointed commandant of AFIT Air Vice Marshal Paul Olugbeji Jemitola yesterday in Kaduna disclosed that President Buhari was particularly interested in the completion of works on the Made in Nigeria Helicopter during the NASENI quarterly briefing of Mr. President by the EVC/CE on the activities of the agency last week.
He said the President specifically asked about the ongoing works on the project, stating that President Buhari’s inquiry on the Helicopter project was an indication that the President was keen on the need to complete work on the manufacturing of the Helicopter.
Commandant of AFIT, Air Vice Marshal Jemitola, said that the order from Mr.President “is a task that must be carried out on the completion of work on the project.
According to him “no stone will be left unturned in order to accomplish the work so that the desire of Mr President on the Helicopter Project will be realized”.